We have heard from the Department for Education that our proposal was not successful in the current Wave 12 applications to open free schools.
We understand that there were no successful applications for Burgess Hill at this time. The next Wave of applications has not yet been announced by the Department for Education.
We will update these pages when we have further information.
What was the Burgess Hill Church of England All-through School proposal?
In September 2016 the Diocese of Chichester Academy Trust submitted a bid to the Department for Education to open an all-through school in the ‘Northern Arc’ development area of Burgess Hill.
Due to extensive new house building in the north of Burgess Hill, ( over 5,000 new homes planned by 2030) West Sussex County Council and Mid Sussex District Council have identified that two new primary schools and one new secondary school will be required to meet the demand for pupil places.
Please note the name of the school will change following local consultation. The school is not related in any way to the newly renamed Burgess Hill Academy, formerly Oakmeeds Community College.
Our application was to open an all-through school for children aged 4-16, covering Reception to Year 11, providing a Church of England education following the National Curriculum in one setting.
The primary school would open in 2019 with Reception and would grow year on year. The secondary phase would open at Year 7 in 2022. This staggered opening is to ensure that the school will be providing the places at the time they are required due to the housing growth, without impacting adversely on the existing schools in Burgess Hill. Once fully open the school would be a two form entry at primary phase and six form entry at secondary level.
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